Volume 5 Issue 1 (January 2017)
I am always genuinely excited by a new year as I think of all the potential it holds. Life has its trials, but like waking up to a new day, stepping into a new year can mean renewed hope and anticipation of good things to come. This is the outlook at The Neuropsychotherapist as we embark on fresh adventures into the known and not-yet-known of science-informed therapy. I hope you will agree we have heard you the ideas and wisdom of some remarkable people over the past 12 months, and we have much more in store for 2017, so thank you to all of you sharing the journey with us.
This month we are pleased to have Karen Ferry back to talk about the rehabilitation power that kitchen gardens can have for children. Karen, an experienced educator and brain-savvy therapist, explains how a gardening and food-preparation program for abused children can literally change their brains for the better. Also featured this month is a Dr. David Van Nuys interview with Adam Gazzaley, who runs a research and development lab called Neuroscape (this month’s front cover features an image from the Neuroscape project Glass Brain). Dr. Gazzaley talks about technology and its role in preserving and enhancing cognitive function, especially in the case of the aging brain.
In the 12th instalment of The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain, we look at mirror neurons and their role in empathy and the social functions of the nervous system. Some of our regular columns touch on “Facebook depression” and allergies and anxiety, and Spotlight this month features a brief interview with Melbourne-based therapist Simon d’Orsogna. Jeffrey Magnavita has The Last Word on resonance and synchrony.
I do hope you enjoy our offerings this month, and we look forward to serving you in 2017.
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Kitchen Garden Programs and Changing Brains
Kitchen garden programs for children who have suffered abuse can be a positive lived experience and a credible and useful strategy to down-regulate stress and anxiety. Karen Ferry talks about how such programs enhance self-esteem and self-efficacy.
The Promise of Technology for the Aging Brain
Adam Gazzaley talks with Dr. Dave about his work with technology and the aging brain. Dr. Gazzaley’s lab Neuroscape runs programs that are discovering how technology can enhance and maintain cognitive function.
- News In Brief
- Neuroscience (Guide to the brain part 12 – Mirror Neurons)
- The Last Word (Jeffrey Magnavita)